Monday, July 11, 2011

Tuesday Brochante Day

Bon Jour,

After our morning croissants and juice, we headed out anxious to see what Guy's old hat factory had in store for us.

Last year Lizzie took us to a hat factory that had closed more than 12 years ago.
It was as if on the last day they were opened, the closing whistle went off and the women left their machines with half finished hats in place and walked out like any other day.
That is how it looks yet today (mind the layers of dirt, dust, and god knows what else).

I wasn't sure what might be left since we did some damage last year, and I knew some of the girls last week, and was SURE they loaded up too! I have to say it did not disappoint. Cathy Mogull and Molly Meng armed with bandanas around their neck to cover their mouth while pulling down boxes from the tippy top of the shelves unearthed even more interesting items.

I walked away with some great deals, some items Guy didn't agree to sell to me since they were memories for him. Anything with his father's name on it he refuses to sell for good reason. So I left a few treasures there, maybe for next time when he is more ready to part with them.

I picked up more paper goods there for me Fall Semester of Handmade U!! Can't wait to share with you the project that we'll use them in!

Next on our journey for the day we stopped at Patrick Broughs. Kaari has been visiting him for years.

He has his brochantes in the garages of his backyard. The Chateau brought down tea and biscuits for us to re-energize here while shopping.

It was a fun day of searching through history, picking out items to reuse and repurpose into something special today.

More again soon. I'm just adjusting to the time, exhausted from the travel yesterday, but so happy to be home and see my kitties and especially my guy!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

France in Full Swing - Monday

Bon Jour,

I made it across the ocean. Walking into the Chateau was wonderful, it was like I never left.

Sunday when I arrived a few of us were earlier than the rest. We had a wonderful lunch on the patio. Since we had time before the rest of the ladies arrived I took advantage of my room being ready and took a little much need nap.

We had a tasty dinner on the patio and an early night to bed.

Monday we were up and ready to head to Cordes for a farmer's market that was so much fun.

We started off with a walk through the LIVE market....all the cute little animals were going to be someone's meal at some point.

The smells of the fresh fruit, the meats, and Aligot were so tempting.

There were a handful of vendors making amazing smells food to take home. The paella smelled delicious.

After our market we headed back to the Chateau for a lesson on making foie gras and a strong mustard.

I'll have a tin to take home of the foie gras and jar of mustard.

After our lesson we had a tasty lunch of chicken and vegetables.

Then we had an afternoon of "trying" to learn to crochet. Susan did a great job of teaching it, I did a poor job of learning it. My test sample piece ended up being turned into a little necklace on a chain....I'll share a picture tomorrow.

Monday night was Wine Night with Laurent. A lovely sparkling wine with a Violette liquor started us off.

Peggy and I enjoying our sparkling wine.

Laurent only speaks French, so Lizzie, the Chateau owner, interpreted for us.

Here she is with her sweet kitty. What a life that kitty has wandering the grounds.

Then cheeses and breads feed us while we tried a number of whites and reds.

It was a wonderful day!


Friday, July 1, 2011

France Bound

I can't believe it was only a year ago that I traveled to France for my first time. And I can't believe I am leaving again to head over and enjoy this beautiful Chateau!!

I will believe it when I am sitting on the plane, or maybe stepping foot onto the soil of Toulouse, or maybe walking into that light blue door of the Chateau.

I am excited for a variety of reasons!

1. The Wonderful Hostesses!

Kaari and her mom Kick - so welcoming and fun.

Kaari's sister Molly - arguably one of the funniest people I know

2. The Food!

3. The Woading!

I have a scarf, a blouse, and fabric to woad.

4. The Sisterhood

Sitting around the table whether it is out front, on the side deck, or the breakfast table, gives ample opportunity to have conversations and bond with the other women attending.

5. The brochantes and negotiating!!

6. The relaxing!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!! Be safe!

-Au revoir